Brooklyn bus company installs safety alarms

A bus company in Brooklyn is installing safety alarms on all of its buses after a disabled child was left alone on a bus.Police say

CONEY ISLAND - A bus company in Brooklyn is installing safety alarms on all of its buses after a disabled child was left alone on a bus.

Police say 4-year-old Kamaal Richards was trapped on his bus after the driver and matron failed to perform a check of the vehicle. Now, the owner of Thomas Buses is doing everything he can to ensure a similar incident doesn't occur with one of his drivers again.

Thomas Buses owner Richard Castellano is spending $15,000 to outfit all of his 38 buses with a safety system. Castellano says the system forces drivers to check the bus once the engine is turned off. According to Castellano, the system sounds a reminder when the driver turns off the bus. The driver then has 10 seconds to get to the back of the bus before an alarm goes off.

"You can't miss it - but it's mainly for the driver - that he can't leave without walking to the back of the bus," Castellano says.

Castellano and his drivers hope that other bus companies take his lead and install safety alarm systems.

Disabledboy found alone on school busChildCheck Mate Systems Inc.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 Brooklyn asked residents who their favorite 1 Word on the Street: Presidents Day
The victims, both males, are 15 and 18 2 The Buzz: East 55th Street shooting
A man is accused of an armed robbery 3 Man accused of armed robbery at Brownsville beauty supply store
A two-alarm fire broke out at a bakery 4 2-alarm fire breaks out at Williamsburg bakery
Hasidic fashion designer Seth Braunstein created the clothing 5 Brooklyn Style: Hasidic fashion designer creates clothing line

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE